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In the UK there is currently a new focus on the basic purpose and objectives of services, not on organizational structure or the efficiency of the systems alone, but on the outcome of services for people who receive them. The Labour government has defined the promotion of independence as a...
This article examines the prospects for the Scottish parliament to ‘contribute to a fairer and more inclusive society’ through the use of housing policy. After reviewing concepts of social exclusion and initiatives to increase inclusion, the article considers the powers of the parliament...
The re-establishment of a Scottish parliament in Edinburgh in May 1999 has promised new and innovative developments in social policy. Focusing on poverty and social exclusion, this article considers the likelihood that the approach by the new Scottish parliament will represent a departure from...
The central concern of this article is to examine and investigate the assumptions underlying the development of post-war urban policy in Britain. The essential presumption underlying the article is that in order to situate and analyse policy responses, it is first necessary to understand the...
Drawing on two principal theoretical perspectives—social constructionism and Foucault's ideas about power—and data from a study of sponsored day care for children in need, the article problematizes the concept of ‘the child in need’—which plays a major part in current discourse, policy...
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